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August 30

Pastor’s Note

David spent a lot of time running for his life, hiding in caves, and trusting in God for his safety. We often picture David as a great king of Israel ensconced in his palace in Jerusalem, but much of his life was lived in the deserts, on the run as a hunted man. Psalm 142 is a good reminder that godly people in the middle of God’s will are not always living comfortable lives of prosperity and surplus – not even the godly kings who were said to be men “after God’s own heart.” I pray your reading of 1 Corinthians 10:14-33 is energizing.

— Pastor Mike

Psalms 142-144

You Are My Refuge

A Maskil [1] of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

142:1 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
 with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
 I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit faints within me,
 you know my way!
In the path where I walk
 they have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see:
 there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
 no one cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord;
 I say, “You are my refuge,
 my portion in the land of the living.”
Attend to my cry,
 for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
 for they are too strong for me!
Bring me out of prison,
 that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
 for you will deal bountifully with me.

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

143:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
 give ear to my pleas for mercy!
 In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with your servant,
 for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;
 he has crushed my life to the ground;
 he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
 my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old;
 I meditate on all that you have done;
 I ponder the work of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
 my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Answer me quickly, O Lord!
 My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
 lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
 for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
 for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
 I have fled to you for refuge! [2]
10 Teach me to do your will,
 for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
 on level ground!

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
 In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
 and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
 for I am your servant.

My Rock and My Fortress

Of David.

144:1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
 who trains my hands for war,
 and my fingers for battle;
he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
 my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
 who subdues peoples [3] under me.

Lord, what is man that you regard him,
 or the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath;
 his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
 Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
 send out your arrows and rout them!
Stretch out your hand from on high;
 rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
 from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies
 and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God;
 upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
 who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
 from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies
 and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth
 be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
 cut for the structure of a palace;
13 may our granaries be full,
 providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
 and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
 suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; [4]
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
 Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

1 Corinthians 10:14-33

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Consider the people of Israel: [5] are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22 Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

Do All to the Glory of God

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Footnotes

[1] 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 143:9 One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts To you I have covered
[3] 144:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Dead Sea Scroll, Jerome, Syriac, Aquila; most Hebrew manuscripts subdues my people
[4] 144:14 Hebrew with no breaking in or going out
[5] 10:18 Greek Consider Israel according to the flesh

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